Sena lays car­pet of de­mands for BJP

Party has de­manded CM can­di­date be fielded from Sena, and LS, Assembly polls be held jointly

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - TE ST - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi

Mumbai: Shiv Sena Pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray has con­veyed its mes­sage loud and clear to the BJP lead­er­ship that it takes two to tango. Thack­eray has in the past few days ex­pressed that if the BJP wants to ally with the Sena, it will have to con­duct the fastap­proach­ing Lok Sabha and the state Assembly elections jointly.

The Sena big fish has also de­manded im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Kar­nataka for­mula in the state. In­ter­est­ingly, many Shiv Sena min­is­ters and MLAs are against the Saf­fron al­liance. But the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment is in favour of al­liance for gen­eral elections.

A se­nior Sena min­is­ter, who is also close to Matoshree, told DNA that he was against the al­liance dis­cussed in the re­cent meet­ing be­tween Sena lead­ers and Thack­eray. “I ad­vised the lead­er­ship against the al­liance with BJP. BJP is not a trust­wor­thy party any­more. They have not let us work freely. Be­sides, once the BJP come with full force in power, then they will fin­ish the Sena,” the min­is­ter said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

Sources have in­formed that

Sena top lead­er­ship is of the ap­proach that it is the BJP that needs the al­liance. “In Kar­nataka, Congress, de­spite win­ning the most seats than its smaller al­lies — Janata Dal, of­fered the CM post to them. Sim­i­larly, in Ma­ha­rash­tra, Sena should be given the chief min­is­te­rial post ir­re­spec­tive of seats of any party in state Assembly elections. Sena will in turn sup­port the BJP to form the NDA in Delhi. And state and national elections should be held to­gether. Once this is ma­te­ri­alised, a joint press con­fer­ence will be ad­dressed by BJP pres­i­dent, Amit Shah and Ud­dhav Thack­eray in Mumbai,” sources from Sena said.

Mean­while, the BJP will not let the post of CM for Sena. Se­nior BJP min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil said they are ready to fight with Sena but chief min­is­ter post should be given to the party that wins ma­jor­ity of votes.

Se­nior party mem­bers say ground work­ers of Sena, BJP may not gel to­gether

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